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Professional Development

Drexel faculty at an Online Learning Council Town Hall meeting

The Online Learning Council (OLC) provides and promotes opportunities for faculty, staff and students to learn how to use technology in the classroom and to engage with others working in this area. There are four ways to take advantage of the OLC's offerings:

  • Attend workshops, lectures and Town Hall meetings held throughout the year. Check the Events listing for dates.
  • Review the many recorded and digitized items available on the Resources and Archives page.
  • Reach out to one of the OLC Fellows personally; they would like to work with colleagues across campus. 
  • Enroll in an OLC Fellow-facilitated professional development course. These courses, Essentials of Online Teaching and Advanced Pedagogy and Online Course Design, offer assistance in developing an online course, adding technology to online and face-to-face courses and with reviewing courses for quality. Learn more and register below.

Faculty Professional Development Courses

ACCESSIBILITY

To gain access to the following courses, faculty can email itg@drexel.edu. Once you have access, simply login to Blackboard Learn using your Drexel Login credentials.

Creating Accessible Online Content

This course is intended to provide the basics of creating and maintaining online content that is accessible to students with disabilities; however, we hope to demonstrate that the measures we take to ensure accessibility for one group also help us to build learning environments that are much more accommodating and easier to use for all of our students. The emphasis of this course is on what we call the low-hanging fruit of online accessibility – techniques and best practices that anyone who works with online content can easily follow and implement. The good news is that by following these best practices, you can make most if not all of your content accessible.

Creating Accessible Online Content: Intermediate

This course is intended to provide a more in-depth look at creating and maintaining online content that is accessible to students with disabilities. However, we hope to demonstrate that the measures we take to ensure accessibility for one group also help us to build learning environments that are much more accommodating and easier to use for all of our students. This course will take a deeper look at: the principles of Universal Design, writing accessible copy, captioning video, third party software, and tools for checking web content accessibility.

ONLINE PEDAGOGY AND INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Essentials for Online Teaching

In this five-week introductory professional development course, instructors learn different ways to engage online students and powerful practices for facilitating an online course. Through this instruction, faculty will also become familiar with different tools to engage learners. Online courses offer instructors and students a great opportunity to actively engage in course materials, regardless of one’s discipline. By the end of this course, you will have the pedagogical and technical skills to facilitate an online course. Developed by our most experienced online teaching faculty at Drexel, these courses have incorporated research-based best practices regarding how students learn in an online environment.

The Essentials five-week course is facilitated by seasoned online teaching faculty serving as Online Learning Council Faculty Fellows. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is required.

Register for the Course

For questions, please contact Dana Kemery at dck28@drexel.edu.

Sessions are offered every quarter:
Jul 8 - Aug 9, 2019
Oct 7 - Nov 20, 2019
Jan 21 - Feb 23, 2020
Apr 13 - May 17, 2020
Aug 17 - Sep 18, 2020

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

The Online Learning Council offers an introductory Quality Matters (QM) workshop – Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR). The university-wide trend is for faculty teaching online to become familiar with best practices associated with quality online course design. These best practices are associated with increasing student retention and faculty satisfaction with online education and have become increasingly important to accreditation bodies. This training is designed to help you master best practices in online course design.

Dr. Jonathan Deutsch, Online Learning Council Faculty Fellow and certified QM Online Facilitator, will conduct the two-week workshop sessions. The workshop, open to any faculty members, PhD students, and staff supporting online education, is fully online and asynchronous. The maximum capacity of each workshop is 20 people. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.

Register for the Workshop

Questions: Please contact Jonathan Deutsch at st96d633@drexel.edu 

Available Sessions:
Nov  5 - 19, 2019
Feb 18 - Mar 3, 2020
May 5 - 19, 2020
Aug 4 - 19, 2020

Advanced Pedagogy and Instructional Design

The second course, an advanced online teaching course, builds upon the introductory course’s emphasis on student engagement and instruction to the design and development of engaging learning environments. During the advanced five-week course, faculty-students incorporate the Backward Design model of instructional design to construct portions of what will become a revised online course adhering to Quality Matters Standards™ of course design. Engagement is accomplished using collaborative learning and incorporated throughout this second course. Moreover, students will learn and integrate the principles of Universal Design.

The Advanced Pedagogy and Course Design five-week course is facilitated by seasoned online teaching faculty serving as Online Learning Council Faculty Fellows. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is required.

Register for the Course

Questions please contact Deirdre McMahon at dhm33@drexel.edu.

Available Sessions:
Feb 10 - Mar 13, 2020
Jun 22 - Jul 24, 2020